UFC president Dana White was worried for Calvin Kattar after the amount the damage he took in his brutal loss against Max Holloway for five rounds at UFC Fight Island 7.
Max Holloway broke several records when he pummeled Calvin Kattar for 25 straight minutes just over a week ago. The Hawaiian landed a simply absurd number of punches, knocking Kattar around the cage and nearly forcing a stoppage in both the second and fourth rounds.
It will go down as an all-time great performance from Holloway, but what about the consequences for Kattar. As revealed in a video titled, “UFC’s Grand New Stage,” designed to promote the Eithad Arena on Fight Island, White was revealed to be very nervous about the recent UFC Fight Island 7 main event.
Dana White on Calvin Kattar’s loss
Check out the footage of White having a very tough conversation with UFC executive Hunter Campbell about Kattar below, from the ‘UFC’s Grand New Stage’ video.
“He took so much f*cking punishment in this fight, I’m freaking out a little bit, man. I don’t know. I don’t like it. This reminds me of the kind of fight where the fight’s over, and he walks out back and f*cking dies. I think that f*cking Herb Dean should’ve stopped it before the (fifth) round. He was wobbling all over the f*cking place,” White said.
“When we had him up against the cage, that’s when he had him,” Campbell said. “He should have stopped the fight right there,” White said.
Calvin took a beating during the UFC on ABC 1 headliner against Holloway on Jan. 16, absorbing a single-fight record of 445 significant strikes, which shattered the previous mark of 290. But Kattar made it to the final horn and lost a unanimous decision after five rounds.
As shown during the UFC-produced “UFC’s Grand New Stage” video on YouTube, White – who was cageside with Matt Serra and Din Thomas – wanted the fight stopped in the fourth round. When referee Herb Dean let it continue, White walked over to UFC chief business officer Hunter Campbell and said he was worried about Kattar dying.
After the fight ended, White approached Calvin’s cornermen to reiterate what he told Campbell – that he wanted Kattar rushed to the hospital.
Calvin’s manager and head coach, Tyson Chartier of the New England Cartel, told MMA Junkie that his fighter sustained a broken nose and also required eight staples in his scalp. Calvin received a six-month medical suspension as a result of the fight.
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